About halfway through the 2012-13 NCAA season, the first year that MLS will graduate a class of homegrown players, several former members of D.C. United Academy teams are making significant contributions to their respective collegiate squads.
Uwem Etuk, a senior at West Virginia University, has tallied six assists this season, best (tied) among all players in the Mid-American Conference. Etuk’s Mountaineers currently sit in second place in their division, just behind No. 2 University of Akron.
Here’s the breakdown of the Under-16 Girls bracket of the Virginia State Cup semifinals and finals, set for this weekend at the River City Sportsplex in Richmond.
• McLean MPS 96 Force Green (unseeded)
• Beach FC 96G Red (#4)
• FASA Elite Impact 96 (#3)
• PWSI Courage 96 Red (#2)
Semifinal: Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – McLean MPS 96 Force Green vs. #4 Beach FC 96G Red, River City Sportsplex Field 8
Here’s the breakdown of the Under-15 Girls bracket of the Virginia State Cup semifinals and finals, set for this weekend at the River City Sportsplex in Richmond.
Herndon Freedom 97 (#1)
PWSI Courage 97 Red (#2)
Richmond Kickers Elite (#5)
Roanoke Star Elite 97 (unseeded)
Semifinal: Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – (#1) Herndon Freedom 97 vs. (#5) Richmond Kickers Elite – River City Sportsplex #2 Turf, 10 a.m.
Matt Mittelstaedt, Arkansas Rush’s President & Technical Director for the last six years, will become the new Elite Clubs National League director at Virginia Rush beginning in January 2013.
In his role, Mittelstaedt will oversee and develop the Under-14 through U-18 girls competing in the league.
“This is obviously a tremendous honor for me in that the ENCL is the top league for girls in the nation,” Mittelstaedt said in a press release.
Across the Washington Area Girls Soccer League landscape, 14 teams still have unblemished records–meaning they’ve won every game they’ve played.
D.C. United’s U-18 academy squad opened up the scoring early in a 3-0 defeat of the Baltimore Bays. The first goal came just 15 minutes into the contest after Abdi Yusuf made a strong individual effort that finished with a 20-yard blast to the far post. Yusuf again scored in the 59th minute to double the lead and Michael Seaton capped off the scoring in a dominant team performance that saw United best its local rivals 3-0 at Prince George’s Community College.
D.C. United’s U-16 academy matchup with the Baltimore Bays was a little bit tighter than the U-18’s, but the Black-and-Red came away with a 1-0 defeat. The lone goal of the match came in the first half when Chrisophe Koffi finished a rebound on Gerson Umana’s shot inside the 18-yard box.
D.C. United today announced that Sonny Silooy has been named Director of Youth Development. Silooy will be tasked with overseeing all D.C. United Academy initiatives, including youth teams and youth training opportunities, as well as ensuring players within the system reach their utmost potential. Under Silooy’s guidance, United’s Academy system now boasts eight competitive and training teams that serve top flight players from throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
D.C. United’s U-16 Academy team looked to continue its hot streak against the Richmond Kickers and did just that with a 7-2 win on Saturday at Prince George’s Community College.The U-16’s are now 5-0 on the season with the win.